DiCamillo Companion

Aynhoe Park

  • House & Family History: The House, which contains foundations of a Norman castle, was destroyed by defeated Royalists during the Civil War after the Battle of Naseby. The current house is primarily mid-17th century, with Queen Anne wings.

    Collections: When owned by the Cartwright family, Aynhoe contained an outstanding collection of paintings, including works by Murillo, Van Dyck, Rembrandt, Hogarth, Romney, and Gainsborough. There were also important collections of European glass and china, furniture and tapestries, rare Chinese monochrome porcelain, and other oriental ceramics. These collections have all been dispersed.

  • Garden & Outbuildings: Thomas Archer created the Conservatory, Stables, and the Coach House between 1707 and 1711. Sir John Soane altered the Conservatory, 1800-01.

  • Architect: Lancelot Brown

    Date: 1760–63
    Designed: Park

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    Architect: Edward Marshall

    Date: Mid-17th century
    Designed: Rebuilt House after damage sustained during Civil War

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    Architect: Thomas Archer

    Date: 1707-11
    Designed: Restored and enlarged the Library and Conservatory for Thomas Cartwright
    (Attribution of this work is uncertain)
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    Architect: John Soane

    Date: 1800-01
    Designed: Improvements to House, including alteration of Library.

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  • John Preston (J.P.) Neale, published under the title of Views of the Seats of Noblemen and Gentlemen in England, Wales, Scotland, and Ireland, among other titles: Vol. III. 1820.

    Country Life: CXIV, 42, 122, 202, 1953.

  • Title: Biographical Dictionary of British Architects, 1600-1840, A - SOFTBACK
    Author: Colvin, Howard
    Year Published: 1995
    Publisher: New Haven: Yale University Press
    ISBN: 0300072074
    Book Type: Softback

  • House Listed: Grade I

    Park Listed: Not Listed

  • Current Seat / Home of: James Perkins; here since 2006.

    Past Seat / Home of: John Cartwright, 17th century; Cartwright family here from 1615 until 1954.

    Current Ownership Type: Individual / Family Trust

    Primary Current Ownership Use: Private Home

    Ownership Details: Formerly a retirement community owned by the Country Houses Association and sold by them circa 2002 during their financial collapse. Today a private home that is selectively let for weddings and corporate events.

  • House Open to Public: By Appointment

    Phone: 01869-811-618

    Email: thebutler@aynhoepark.co.uk

    Website: http://www.aynhoepark.co.uk

    Awards: Voted number 3 in the Top 10 Regal Wedding Venues in the UK in 2011 by "The Times."

    Historic Houses Member: No